There are three main Visitors Centers in the county, as well as smaller satellite centers in Salinas and King City.
In Monterey, the Center at Lake El Estero (pictured above) is perhaps the busiest, handling hotel reservations for hundreds of visitors every week. The Center at the Maritime Museum is located in the historic Custom House Plaza, directly across from the entrance to Fisherman’s Wharf. A fountain dominates the Plaza, which in turn is surrounded by fragrant gardens connecting the old adobes in the State Historic Park. It is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Tours depart from 10am to 4pm. The Crossroads Center is tucked in a quiet and sunny alley in the Crossroads Shopping Center: staff here are a great reference authority about Carmel, the Carmel Valley, and Big Sur.